Jockey Club Civic Exchange “Reconnecting Open Space” Programme Presents

Designing Attractive Open Space
for Young People

Urban Design/Planning Creative Studio + Learning Workshop
Saturday, 13 Oct 2018, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
3/F Multi-Purpose Hall, City Gallery, 3 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong*

*The venue is not confirmed and may be subject to further change.

Dear Students,

You are cordially invited to attend this urban-design and planning workshop to learn how to design attractive open space for young people in Hong Kong. The event features:

  • Public Opinion Survey Research Insights
    Civic Exchange Senior Researcher Carine Lai, who conducted a survey of 3,600 Hong Kong residents about their satisfaction level, usage, and aspirations of open spaces across 18 districts, will share findings specific to young people.
  • Urban-Design Basics
    Ivan Valin, Assistant Professor of the Division of Landscape Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, who specializes in “micro-parks” – small gardens, playgrounds, and sitting-out areas – in Hong Kong will explain the fundamentals of urban-space design.
  • Open-Space Planning and Zoning Rationale
    Senior Town Planner Vivian Tsang of the Planning Department will share “macro” principals governing what, where, why, and how open space is planned and zoned across the city.
  • Interactive Discussions
    Hong Kong-America Center Director Glenn Shive and Leadership Inc. Managing Director Mark Pixley will facilitate the Global-Café Session and the “Open-Space Session”, respectively.


The workshop – to be conducted in English – aims to improve your understanding of open space issues in Hong Kong. The event is organized as part of the Jockey Club Civic Exchange “Reconnecting Open Space” Programme and is supported by the Hong Kong America Centre.

Register now and invite your friends (application closes on Tuesday, 9 October 2018):



Civic Exchange Project Manager Vicky Kung:


1:30–1:35 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

Vicky Kung, Project Manager, Civic Exchange

1:35–1:50 p.m. Public Opinion Survey Research Insights: Open Space User Behaviours and Preferences in Hong Kong

Carine Lai, Senior Researcher, Civic Exchange

1:50–2:00 p.m. Urban Design Basics: Micro-Parks in Hong Kong

Ivan Valin, Assistant Professor, Division of Landscape Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

2:00–2:10 p.m. Open Space Planning and Zoning Rationale

Vivian Tsang, Senior Town Planner, Planning Department

2:10–2:30 p.m. Global Café Session: Reinventing the Functions and Roles of Different Types of Open Spaces

Glenn Shive, Executive Director, Hong Kong-America Center

2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:15 p.m. Open Space Session: How to Make Open Space More Attractive and Accessible for Young People?

Mark Pixley, Managing Director, Leadership Inc.

3:15-3:45 p.m. Open Space Group Discussions (1)
3:45-4:15 p.m. Open Space Group Discussions (2)
4:15-5:00 p.m. Open Space Forum: Designing Attractive Open Space for Young People

Mark Pixley, Managing Director, Leadership Inc.

5:00 p.m. Closing


About the Jockey Club Civic Exchange “Reconnecting Open Space” Programme
The Jockey Club Civic Exchange “Reconnecting Open Space” Programme is a public engagement project that aims to evaluate and raise societal awareness on the quality of open space in Hong Kong. The initiative is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and led by Civic Exchange, an independent public-policy think tank that aims to inform policy and engage stakeholders on addressing environmental and development challenges in Hong Kong. This one-year project includes an 18-district-wide public opinion survey, capacity-building programmes for tertiary and secondary students, a workshop, a public forum, and a research report on creating inclusive open space in the city.